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Travelling in Mumbai - Modes of Transport

Updated on November 13, 2017
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Kannan is a true Mumbaikar and believes Mumbai is a unique city. He prepares local guides that helps fellow locals and travellers alike.

Travelling in Mumbai is one heck of an experience. Mumbai is India's most populous city. Though the city has various modes of transport like a robust rail and bus transport system the crowdedness in these can annoy anyone. Traffic jams are regular and to add to that the potholes can make your travel irritating.

Though wisely choosing your travel time can make traveling in Mumbai more pleasant. Comparatively, Mumbai has good rail and bus infrastructure and also there are auto rickshaws, Taxis, and privately held call Taxi available to aid in your traveling.

Modes of Transport in Mumbai

By Auto-rickshaw

By Taxi

By Private Call Taxi

By Private Cars


By Railways



Auto-rickshaw operates beyond Bandra in the western suburbs and beyond Sion in the central suburbs. Auto-rickshaws can accommodate only three persons and traveling in autos are fairly good and cheap.

When compared with other Indian cities the auto drivers here are honest and trustworthy. The minimum fare is 18 rupees which are for the first 1.5 KM and then every subsequent kilometer fare is 15-20 rupees. Extra 25% from 12 AM to 5 AM.


Taxis operate all around the city and one can easily alight a taxi for any place very easily. The minimum fare starts from 22 rupees for the first KM and every subsequent kilometer fare is 15-20 rupees. Extra 25% between 12 AM to 5 PM. The maximum number of people that a taxi can accommodate is four.

Calculate Auto and Taxi fare before handedly at Taxi Auto Fare

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Black & Yellow Top TaxiMeru Cabs (Private Call Taxi)Priyadarshini Taxi Service - By women for women
Black & Yellow Top Taxi
Black & Yellow Top Taxi
Meru Cabs (Private Call Taxi)
Meru Cabs (Private Call Taxi)
Priyadarshini Taxi Service - By women for women
Priyadarshini Taxi Service - By women for women

By Private Call Taxi

Private cabs are also available on mobile apps or via calls. Private cabs are air-conditioned, comfortable and well maintained. Charges are Rs 20-30 for the first km and Rs 15-20 for subsequent km, with a 25 percent night surcharge (midnight to 5 AM)

Some private taxi service details

Meru Cabs - 4422 4422 ( Can be booked online )

Mega Cabs - 4242 4242 ( Can be booked online )

Easy Cabs - 4343 4343 (Can be booked online

Star Taxi - 4211 1111

Priyadarshini taxi service - 989202 21107 (A women only service managed and operated by women's)

Auto-rickshaw & Taxi Travelling tips

  • Check that the meter is down and the reading is 1.00
  • It is mandatory for drivers to keep a fare chart. Always insist on a fare card when travelling in auto-rickshaw or taxi.
  • According to law, a driver cannot refuse a fare. If any driver is refusing to ply a certain route then if possible ask the nearby traffic cop to assist you.

Note : The meter keeps ticking even if you are waiting and/or are stuck in traffic.

Private cars

Many travel agents and tour operators could also assist you in getting a private car if you may like so. Nowadays you could also get a private car that you could drive your way around the city provided you have the appropriate licence (International Drivers Permit for foreigners and Normal Driving licence for Indians)


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BEST BusDouble Decker Bus
Double Decker Bus
Double Decker Bus


The BEST bus (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) system is very robust and connects to every part of the city. BEST buses start operation from 5 AM and close at about midnight. BEST has also started AC buses that ply only on certain routes.

Minimum fare starts from four rupees and the subsequent charge depends on the distance that you are traveling. Fares in Best bus are very reasonable.

BEST has also introduced a Day Pass that cost Rs 40-50 (across Mumbai) whereas the Rs. 25/day pass for suburbs was withdrawn of-late. This ticket is valid all during the day. So if you alight a bus and get Rs 40/day pass then you could get down at any place and then alight any other BEST bus for your further travel.

Rail Transport System

Mumbai has three railway lines - Central line, Western line, Harbour line. By travelling in train one can reach almost all part of the city when coupled with other road transport system. Trains in Mumbai can be broadly classified in two types viz. Fast Locals and Slow locals.

Fast locals are those that stop at only certain few stations whereas slow locals stop at every station. Trains are either of 9-car or 12-car. Though the Government is in the process of introducing 18-car trains. Trains normally starts at 4 am and close operations between midnight to 1 AM.

Train compartments in Mumbai are either First Class or Economy Class. Besides every local would also have a Luggage compartment. Try avoiding the luggage compartment even if you have some luggage with you since it is always filled with the local vendors carrying their items which they bring from the markets to sell in their locality. Every local train in Mumbai has ladies coaches of both classes.

Names in bold indicate that the station is a fast train stop

Stations on Central Line: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Masjid Bunder, Sandhurst Road, Byculla, Chinchpokli, Currey Road, Parel, Dadar, Matunga, Sion, Kurla, Vidyavihar, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Nahur, Mulund, Thane

The next major stop after Thane is Kalyan. The central line further extends from Kalyan to Khopoli on one side and Kalyan to Karjat on the other side.

Stations on Western Line : Churchgate, Marine Lines, Charni Road, Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Mahalaxmi, Lower Parel, Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Matunga Road, Mahim Junction, Bandra, Khar Road, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Oshiwara (Coming Soon), Goregaon, Malad, Kandivali, Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road, Bhayandar, Naigaon, Vasai Road, Nala Sopara, Virar

Common Station between Central and Western Line : Dadar

Stations on Harbour Line : Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Masjid Bunder, Sandhurst Road, Dockyard Road, Reay Road, Cotton Green, Sewri, Wadala, Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Chunabhatti, Kurla, Tilak Nagar, Chembur, Govandi, Mankhurd, Vashi, Sanpada, Juinagar, Nerul, Seawoods-Darave, CBD Belapur, Kharghar, Mansarovar, Khandeshwar, Panvel

Another one line from Wadala to Andheri, Vashi to Thane and Panvel to Thane also exist.

Common Station between Central and Harbour Line : Kurla

So if you want to to travel suppose from Station A of Central line to Station B of Harbour Line then you would have to change trains at Kurla

Common Station between Central and Western Line : Dadar

On the similar lines if you want to travel suppose from Station A of Central line to Station B of Western Line then you would have to change trains at Dadar

New trains on Mumbai Railway System
New trains on Mumbai Railway System

Mumbai Rail Travelling Tips

  • Do not travel during peak hours (7:30 AM to 10.30 AM and 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM ).
  • For Tourist : If it is necessary to travel in peak hours and you are accompanied with more than two person it is advisable to travel by taxis.
  • Always try to travel in the opposite direction i.e from CST to Thane etc.
  • Avoid standing near the train car entry.
  • After alighting a train try to go inside the train and acquire a seat. Do not stand near the entry point.
  • When you want to get down at your desired station try to come close to the exit point.

Mobile Application to assist your travelling in Mumbai

What you get

  • Local Train Timetable
  • BEST Routes
  • Mumbai Auto Fare
  • Mumbai Taxi Fare
  • Mega Block information (Every Sunday mega blocks are carried out in the Harbour line for maintenance work)

© 2010 Kannan Reddy


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    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Informative and useful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Amar sharma 5 years ago from Gurgaon

      Thanx for sharing with us............

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      rebootsystem 6 years ago from Mumbai

      great post about modes of travelling in mumbai.